How can I get my 6 month old to sleep?

Ally - posted on 12/06/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My LO just turned 6 months and I am needing some advice. During the day he falls asleep after his bottle or in his swing every 2 hours or so. At night our routine starts at 5pm when I bathe him then we do books and puzzle play then he will eat his baby food, at about 6:30-7 he takes a bottle and puts himself to sleep on a pillow in our bed. Anytime I have tried putting him to sleep in his crib when he is very drowsy he wakes up screaming. I have tried the every 5 minutes reassure him he's okay, don't pick him but he ends up making himself so upset that he throws up all over himself, the sheets, the wall, the floor. Has anyone else gone through anything like this? I feel like I have tried everything and I refuse to let him cry in his throw up. I've tried the whitenoise cd, music cd, nothing will calm him down. Not even me picking up calms him down until about 10min or so after I've gotten him.



Help!





- I am not looking for criticism, this sleeping arrangement isn't ideal nor what I want. I'm a first time mom just trying to do what is best for my family.

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Angela - posted on 12/06/2012

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Oh wow, sounds JUST like my kids... They both did this, crying until they threw up all over everything. The way I handled it was to put him in his crib, but to stay in the room, reading a book to him and/or singing, until he falls asleep. It sounds like some crazy separation anxiety, which both my kids went through (I am a stay at home mom with no family nearby and no babysitter). You and your husband (if you're married) will have to talk about this before-hand to know what to expect (my husband didn't like being without me for an hour or so, but he dealt with that better than he dealt with the screaming/crying/vomiting). I know exactly how hard it is, and it's not easy in the least to deal with. After you do this for about a week, start shortening the amount of time you stay in his room by five minutes. What helped with my kids was having a radio on soft music after I left so that it seemed like there was someone there even when there wasn't. My kids are now 5 and 3, and I sit outside their bedrooms in the hallway and sing a certain set of bedtime songs, and then I'm done, so there IS hope of a light at the end of the tunnel. I really hope I helped a little!

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